January 2008


Giorgio Armani did something peculiarly revolutionary Monday in the opening night of the Paris haute couture season - he sent out a collection whose every piece the women in the audience could wear.

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Christian Lacroix pulled off an exuberant tour de force with his summer haute couture collection on Tuesday, which was a riot of colour and brimming with gowns in which to get noticed.

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Riccardo Tisci, the young avant-garde Italian, was just 29 when he joined Givenchy as its new creative director, following in the wake of Britain’s Julien Macdonald, Alexander McQueen and John Galliano.

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Melissa Alger, owner of Weddings by Design, said dress trends come and go, but one style has remained the most popular over the last few years: the strapless dress. “Strapless is still the No. 1 seller, but at markets they are trying to bring straps back,” she said.

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The future of Italian fashion and haute couture is uncertain. With Giovanni Versace no longer there, Valentino retiring and Armani getting old, the only way for new fashion to continue to exist is to train and teach more young people about fashion and designs, said Giorgio Forni, Director of Castello Di Sartirana, the organization that put together a wonderful exhibition to showcase Italian creative talents in the Gulf region.

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L’Oreal SA, the world’s largest cosmetics maker, offered to buy French retailer PPR SA’s YSL Beaute unit and license its Yves Saint Laurent and Boucheron perfumes for 1.15 billion euros ($1.68 billion).

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The curtains opened to reveal Coco Rocha as the little mermaid herself, seated on a rock engulfed in a mist of bubbles in a sparkling ensemble of leather trench coat and skirt of copper paillettes, on stage to the left of the runway. Ever the actress, Rocha looked onto the spectacle with fascination and naiveté before deftly removing herself from her seaside perch, shaking her character and marching down the runway as the fifth look of the show.

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If you go looking now for a hat, scarf and glove set to combat cold weather, you know that at most stores, it’s already slim pickings.

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A scarf tied with aplomb adds style and warmth to your winter wardrobe.

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Samsung have released two new cellphones, the SGH-L310 and SGH-L320, which are said to have been specially conceived for women and which therefore, include a scent-matching system.

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